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March 30, 2006


Ms. Genova,
With all due respect and I don't mean to be harsh, but I just read your blog on Mary Winkler- no longer news, and you claim to be a Christian. I don't judge what is between God and man...whether or not they're saved. You can be saved and on your way to Heaven and not be a "Christian," because Christian means "Christ-like." I can, however, look at your statements in this column, about prayer being detrimental and wonder...how in the world is this Christ-like?! I know Jesus Christ would say to pray for this poor woman, who apparently made a wrong decision. How do I know this? If He would tell us in His Word to pray for our enemies, then, I KNOW, He would want us to pray for this woman who has more than likely never done one wrong thing to any of us and who also needs Him now more than ever.

I guess you've never had a prayer answered. You've never kissed death's door and lived to tell about it. You've never been told that there is a 95% chance your child will be born with severe birth defects and had that child born so beautiful and perfect it couldn't get any better. You've never been in your deepest, darkest hour of despair and cried out to God and had it seem almost as if He was wrapping His arms around you and holding you close to His heart. You've never had that peace that passeth understanding. I have....all because the power of prayer.
You can't just pull God out of your back pocket as if He was "Plan B." There's more to prayer than that. You have to have an open line to God. 1) You have to be born again and be His child. God does not hear the prayers of unsaved people, unless they are calling on Him asking for forgiveness of their sin. 2) If you are His child, you must have an open line with Him. Sin separates you from God. You must confess your sins before you can talk to Him.
To become a child of God and have communication with Him, you must:
1) Realize you're a sinner. Romans 3:23 says "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.:
2) Know that there is punishment for sin. Romans 6:23 says "For the wages of sin is death; BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD."
3) Know that God is love. Romans 5:8 says "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
4) Confess to God that you're a sinner and believe that He will do what He says. Romans 10:9 & 10 say "But if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
The Bible says in Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved."
If you pray to God and tell Him that you know you're a sinner, that you're sorry for sinning, tell Him you believe He sent His Son to die on a cross for you and raised Him from the dead after 3 days, and ask Him to come into your heart and be the LORD of your life, then HE WILL SAVE YOU. Then, and only then, can you have an open line to Heaven so you can pray to God. Sin separates God and man because GOD IS PERFECT and cannot look upon sin. As long as you're His child and have confessed any sins that you may have committed, then He'll ask and answer any prayer you pray. We just need to understand that sometimes "no" is an answer.

I think the new revelation by the doctors that prayer may not help heart patients is so out of line with all that I understand about God and His power to move mountains and pull strings on our behalf whether as a heart patient or as Mary Winkler.
God has answered so many prayers for me on different levels that I will continue to pour prayers out for Mary to be free and to receive the love and financial support to get back into life and to be lifted up to a higher plane than ever.
Her mother died of cancer not long ago and she had a miscarriage--3 young children to care for-- the role of minister's wife-- and no telling what went on behind those closed doors.
It's a wonder she didn't collapse sooner but this can be a turning point for Mary and an eye opener for the world to see behind closed doors!!
I was fortunate to find a way out after twenty-seven miserable years of having to put on such a front job. (There's a lot out there that the organized groups don't want us to know because they need to keep the offering trays filled to pay the clergy and to keep the church grounds manucured--all the while there are so many hurting who need financial help but too often hearts are closed to anything besides paying the clergy and keeping up the church building.

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